Eminem's estranged father, Marshall Bruce Mathers Jr., reportedly dead after heart attack

by

comment
CHUFF MEDIA
  • Chuff Media

Marshall Bruce Mathers Jr., the estranged father of Detroit rapper Eminem, has reportedly died.



TMZ reports that Mathers suffered a heart attack while at home near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was 67 years old.

Eminem's familial struggles have famously played out throughout the 46-year-old's lyrics, most notably those involving his mother, Debbie Mathers, who once sued her son over slander and later penned a 2008 tell-all, My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem: Setting the Record Straight on My Life as Eminem's Mother.



“And by the way when you see my dad? (Yeah?)/ Tell him that I slit his throat, in this dream I had,” Em says on 1999's “My Name Is.” Bruce was mentioned again on The Eminem Show's emotional centerpiece, “Cleanin' Out My Closet”: “My faggot father must've had his panties up in a bunch/ ‘Cause he split, I wonder if he even kissed me goodbye./ No, I don't, on second thought, I just fuckin' wished he would die/ I look at Hailie, and I couldn't picture leavin' her side.”


In 2001, Mathers Jr. published a letter to his son in an issue of The Mirror, during which he pled to meet his famous son.

“I desperately want to meet my son and tell him that I love him,” he said during an interview with the paper. “I'm not interested in his money. I just want to talk to him. I want him to know that I'm here for him if he lets me back into his life.”

During a 2010 interview with Anderson Cooper for 60 Minutes, Em confirmed that he never met his father. When asked if he wanted to pursue a relationship, he hesitated: “People ask me that and I don't think I do.”

“If my kids moved to the edge of the earth I would find them, no doubt in my mind. No money, no nothing, if I had nothing I would find my kids.”

Stay on top of Detroit news and views. Sign up for our weekly issue newsletter delivered each Wednesday.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.